Medical Marijuana May Lead to Fewer Opioid Rxs

05 April, 2018, 00:56 | Author: Essie Rivera
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"It's specifically about reducing the usage part, which kind of implies cravings, so one of the items in the opiate study is essentially to head off withdrawal symptoms", Brennan said, adding that study subjects are given two pills containing 25mg of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) oil a week and then questioned for the effects. The studies showed after states legalized weed, the number of opioid prescriptions and the daily dose of opioids went way down.

One study looks at opioid prescriptions under the Medicare Part D program between 2010 and 2015 (meaning mostly people aged 65 and over).

One looked at trends in opioid prescribing under Medicaid, which covers low-income adults, between 2011 and 2016.

Researchers found that Medicare patients in states with marijuana dispensaries filled prescriptions for about 14 percent fewer daily doses of opioids than those in other states.

Montana regulators are preparing additional adjustments to the rules for the state's medical marijuana program.

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Both studies were released Monday by the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

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In interviews, the authors caution their studies don't demonstrate cause-and-effect. Despite the idea of "street drugs" being the driving force in the opioid crisis, over-prescribing is huge factor. "Most medicines have to go through a rigorous FDA process, and right now with cannabis being a Schedule 1 drug, it makes it very hard for researchers to explore exactly what it is in cannabis that works for people, what safe levels are, what doses are, so that would be an important next step", DeLeonardo said. Colorado and OR, where the drug is fully legalized for adults, had 9% and 10% falls in opioid use, Wen told CNN.

Bradford and three colleagues, including his daughter, chose to check on whether people who can access medical marijuana are less likely to go for prescription opioids. Pending final approval from the State Pharmacy Board, he could soon open the first medical marijuana dispensary in the Greater New Orleans area. Another, focused on Colorado, suggested marijuana use helped cut the rate of opioid-related deaths.

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